One tip to help you gain respect and admiration

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Many people believed Christopher Colombus had a noble background. Some believed he was from the Italian elite or the descendant of a famous Romanian general. Unfortunately, this noble background was simply a myth. Columbus was actually the son of a man that sold cheese for a living. 

Columbus believed he had noble blood and was destined to achieve glory. This myth helped him marry into an established family in Portugal and use their connections to pitch his voyage idea to the king. Columbus was not qualified for the job in any way, he was a merchant who knew nothing about navigation voyages. 

The king politely declined the offer, however, respected his confidence and did not question him or his legitimacy. The meeting led Columbus to believe his instincts were correct, by asking for the moon he instantly elevated his status. 

Columbus moved around for a while and was persistent with his pitches. That determination and persistence led him to meet Queen Isabella in 1487. Columbus pitched his voyage idea to the queen and was rejected. However, the queen was charmed by Columbus and met with him frequently. 

After a while, the queen decided to finance the voyage. Columbus hired the best navigators and set sail. The voyage failed, however, when Columbus asked the queen to finance another voyage that was even more ambitious. The queen accepted.

Despite being the son of a merchant that sold cheese for a living, Columbus was able to meet with kings and queens. People treated him like an elite and no one questioned his legitimacy. 

How was Columbus able to do all of this? Columbus treated himself like an elite and had confidence which led other people to feel the same way. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene 


  • Be royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one. 

The way you treat yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing common will make people disrespect you.

When a king respects himself, he inspires the same attitude in others. By being confident in your powers, you make yourself destined to wear a crown. Your energy and confidence will infect the people around you. 

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